Transitional Living and Supportive Housing Programs
The Department of Children and Families funds a number of supervised and supported transitional housing programs targeted to address the complex needs of homeless youth and youth transitioning out of the DCF system of care. These programs provide safe and stable housing with the ultimate goal of assisting youth to achieve self-sufficiency and a successful transition to adulthood. Youth are typically between the ages of 16 to 21 and often require life skills services, case management, and assistance with achieving educational and employment goals. DCF assists with the funding of approximately 300 supportive housing bed slots statewide.
The Office of Adolescent Services (OAS) has partnered with PerformCare to provide a real-time bed tracking and referral process for all non-clinical adolescent transitional housing programs. The Adolescent Housing Hub ("The Hub") is an online reservation system that has been created for all Adolescent Transitional Housing Programs (non-DCBHS). These housing programs include Supervised Transitional Living Programs (STLP), Transitional Living Programs (TLP), and Permanent Supportive Housing Programs (PSH). Sometimes these housing programs are also known as "Adolescent Housing Programs", "Independent Living Programs", or simply "Housing Programs".
With the deployment of "The Hub" all adolescent housing/transitional programs will now be accessible to all DCF (DYFS and DCBHS) involved youth and youth that are homeless and non-DCF involved. Youth with developmental disabilities are not eligible for these transitional housing programs.
A DYFS worker, DCBHS care manager, the youth, a DCF contracted housing provider or a youth advocate can call PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624 and press "4" to access "The Hub".
For more information about the Adolescent Housing Hub, please visit http://www.performcarenj.org/index.aspx.
Click here for a list of Transitional Living and Supportive Housing Programs in New Jersey. Contact individual programs for eligibility guidelines as these vary widely.